Module Content

The following modules descriptions are available:

 

Module: Developing Early Awareness Programming

Unit 1 - Middle School

In the early days of the College Access world, our profession focused on 11th and 12th graders and the many, many tasks and deadlines that made up the college admissions and financial aid timeline at the end of high school. As our profession has grown and developed, we’ve discovered that’s not enough. Students and families need better information earlier in order to set students up for success. Planning for college now begins in middle school. Come learn some basics about early awareness strategies and best practices. This unit will focus on building solid informational programs for parents, using online resources to encourage student planning and timelines and creating an early awareness culture in our schools.  

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for non-members

Content provided by: I Know I Can

Added: February 2017


Module: FAFSA Filing Process

Unit 1 - FAFSA Completion 101 

FAFSA completion can be confusing for the student and sometimes for the people helping them complete it too! This unit dives deep on best practices, tips, and tricks for FAFSA completion, highlighting common misperceptions and roadblocks to assure accurate and on time completion. This is not your typical FAFSA 101 page by page - it will test your knowledge, build your confidence, and in turn - support your students!

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $119 for non-members. 

Content provided by: NCAN member uAspire

UPDATED: September 2016

Unit 2 - FAFSA Completion 201 

When thinking about financial aid and setting up our students to better afford college, the big headline is typically "File your FAFSA!" What many aren't aware of, is that submitting a FAFSA is just the first step in securing financial aid. Student Aid Report. Verification. IRS-DRT. FAFSA Corrections. Within this online learning module, you will learn about each one of the steps from FAFSA submission to completion and be prepared to help your students secure an on-time, accurate, and hopefully generous financial aid award letter. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $119 for non-members.

Content provided by: NCAN member uAspire.

UPDATED: September 2016

 

Module: Financial Aid Fundamentals

Unit 1 - Federal Financial Aid Programs 

This unit provides the learner with the opportunity to understand several terms associated with financial aid and federal aid programs. Concepts such as cost of attendance, expected family contribution, financial need, etc. are introduced. The content also includes detailed descriptions of the federal grant, loan and work-study programs. This unit is designed to be a quick introduction to the basic knowledge associated with federal financial aid. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members.

Content provided by: U.S. Department of Education’s Office ofFederal Student Aid

UPDATED: August 2016

Unit 2 - Financial Aid 101 

This unit provides the learner with a more in depth look at financial aid, student eligibility requirements, the financial aid application process and finding scholarship resources. The FAFSA Completion Tool is featured along with resources that further detail the application process. Units 1 and 2 combined provide a fundamental understanding of the federal application process and aid programs available.

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members.  

Content provided by: U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid

UPDATED: August 2016

Unit 3 - Interpreting Award Letters and Understanding Affordability

Assessing and comparing award letters can be tricky business, especially when carefully considering student loan debt burden! However, carefully evaluating offers is critical for students! In this unit, you will review what steps need to be taken to receive a financial aid offer, learn how to carefully assess and interpret award letters, including how to discuss student debt, and advise students on options if the unmet need is significant.

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for non-members.  

Content provided by: Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis


Module: Finding the Right College Fit

Unit 1 - Admissions Advising for First-Generation College Goers 

The college admissions process can be an intimidating project for any family, but especially for first generation families. It is a higher stakes game now, with more competition for spaces at prestigious schools and some astronomical price tags. This course will provide parents and caring adults with the practical guidance and resources they can use with their children and students.  It is never too early to start to understand and plan for the route to postsecondary education! 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $79 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: College Now Greater Cleveland 

UPDATED: August 2016


Module: Roles and Responsibilities of Advisors

*Please Note: NCAN recommends college access advisors complete Unit 1: Cultural Competence and supervisors complete Unit 3: Coaching Culturally Competent Advisors.

Unit 1 - Cultural Competence 

Advisors must be culturally competent to effectively support underrepresented students and their families on the journey toward college enrollment. This unit provides advisors with some basic knowledge of cultural background and customs of underrepresented students and families, including rural, Black, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic and Appalachian populations. The unit also outlines the five basic cultural competence skill areas emphasizing that cultural competence is a developmental process requiring a commitment to continuous learning.

Intended Audience: College advisors

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $79 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: College Success Foundation / Washington, DC

UPDATED: September 2016

Unit 2 - How to Partner with High Schools - coming soon

Unit 3 - Coaching Culturally Competent Advisors 

Advisors are more capable of serving culturally diverse students when they actively engage in learning about their own and their student’s complex cultural identities, cross-cultural dynamics, diverse power relationships, and different filters through which they view themselves and interpret the behaviors of others. Growing culturally competent advisors is essential to the mission of the National College Access Network and supervisors play a critical role in this key strategy. The purpose of this toolkit - Coaching Culturally Competent Advisors is to support busy supervisors with concrete strategies and resources to make coaching time with advisors meaningful and supportive of learning advisors are introduced to with their online study of Unit 1 – Cultural Compentency. Importantly, through the coaching of advisors by supervisors, these important skills will have a greater chance of deepening within the practice of all involved: Valuing diversity; Being self-aware; Understanding dimensions of difference; Knowing the cultures and cultural identities of their students; and Institutionalizing cultural knowledge & helping the larger system continue to be responsive to cultural difference.

Intended Audience: Program supervisors

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $99 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: Ginlin Woo, cultural competency expert

Available: December 2016

 

Module: Serving Specific Populations 

Unit 1 - Adult Learner 

Americans increasingly recognize that college is a good way to improve long-term economic outcomes and most communities have college access programs. At the same time, there is also a growing understanding that there are still not enough college graduates or students in the K-12 pipeline to fill the need for educated workers in the coming decades. As a result, many colleges and universities recognize the value of providing programs for adults who have not yet earned a college credential. This course will introduce you to the strengths and needs of adults who have earned some college credit and are now seeking to return to college.  

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $79 for nonmembers. 

Content provided by: CAEL, The Graduate Network and College Now

Available: May 2017

Unit 2 - Working With and For Undocumented Students in Higher Education

In this unit you will participate in an interactive experience to learn how to best work with & for undocumented students in higher education. Participants will gain and review immigration and education policy such as DACA, understand the national and state contexts that impact undocumented students’ experiences, and brainstorm ways to create educational environments that are welcoming and  liberating to all students, regardless of immigration status. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for nonmembers. 

Content provided by: ScholarshipsA-Z

UPDATED: August 2016

Unit 3 - Postsecondary Advising for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This unit provides an overview on how to assist McKinney-Vento eligible students that transition from high school to postsecondary education programs. Best practices are shared for high school and college advisors working with homeless youth to eliminate barriers experienced when homeless youth access postsecondary education programs.

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for nonmembers. 

Content provided by: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

UPDATED: August 2016

Unit 4 - Increasing College Access & Success for Students from Foster Care

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to get familiar with how foster care experiences can affect students' emotional and cognitive development, as well as academic outcomes. This training offers tips and tools for professionals working with students transitioning from high school to college, on how they can help students from foster care to be successful in the classroom and beyond. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: Becky Pengelley, Florida foster youth expert. Thanks to the Florida College Access Network for sharing Becky’s expertise with NCAN.

UPDATED: August 2016

Unit 5 - Opportunity Youth 

In this unit, you will come to understand the definition and characteristics associated with Opportunity Youth. You will be provided a list of barriers they face as well as strategies and best practices to serve these students on the path to and through college. Reach student stories will be shared as examples of ways to serve and see the impact that access program can have. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: On Point for College

 

Module: Student Success (Retention) Best Practices

Unit 1 - College Success 101

College Success is swiftly becoming the next step in expanding college access programs. This unit is designed to give helpful strategies on how to sustain these programs. It will introduce terminology, share national statistics, offer helpful tips, and provide examples that can be modeled by other organizations. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for nonmembers. 

Content provided by: Access College Foundation, College Now – Greater Cleveland, and Collegiate Directions, Inc.

Available: May 2017

Module: Student Tracking, Data Collection & Analysis

Unit 1 - Metrics for College Access & Success

In this unit, you will learn more about the basics of data, some principles of working with it, and NCAN’s Common Measures. Through an exploration of the different access and success metrics included in the Common Measures, you will gain a better understanding of what data points to track and why. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $79 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: National College Access Network

Unit 2 - Technology for Tracking Student Outcomes

Technology is integral in nearly every field and facet of our lives. College access and success is no different. In this unit, we examine technology’s role in college access and success programs, consider some platforms for managing student data, and discuss best principles for incorporating technology into programs. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $59 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: National College Access Network

UPDATED: August 2016

Unit 3 - Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes – coming soon

Unit 4 - Analyzing Data

What do you do with all that newly harvested data? How do you take those piles of raw data and make sense of them? In this unit, we break down the strategies you can use to analyze data and what your data can teach your organization. Both quantitative and qualitative data are discussed, as well as the difference between clean data and accurate data. Intended audiences for this module include: access and success advisors, program managers, data managers new to their position, and any other staff who work with data but aren’t quite sure how to transform it. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $39 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: Idealware

Available: October 2016

Unit 5 - Defining Your Metrics

The most useful metrics are tied to an organization’s mission, are straightforward to collect and track, and can be practically analyzed. In this unit, you’ll learn about how to put metrics together into a useful, practical plan for what you should actually measure, as well as how you can analyze your data to create those metrics. We’ll look at two case studies, customized to the college access community to understand what other small-to-medium-sized organizations are actually measuring and how it connects with their mission. This webinar features NCAN members CollegeSpring and Higher Edge CT discussing the metrics they collect and who they attach them to their program goals. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members / $39 for nonmembers.

Content provided by: Idealware

Available: October 2016

Module:  The How’s & Why’s of College Entrance Exams

Unit 1 - The ACT

This unit provides an overview of the ACT test, test section components, scoring, and the registration process along with an introduction to the ACT Aspire, a standards-based system of assessments to monitor progress toward college and career readiness from grade 3 through early high school.  In addition, there is information regarding resources available to students and school counselors for ACT test preparation and benefits of taking this standardized entrance exam for students, educators, principles, boards of education, and state education departments. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members.

Content provided by: ACT, Inc.

Unit 2 - The SAT

This unit provides an overview of the current SAT, test components, the registration process and fee waiver availability.  In addition, there is information regarding resources available to students and school counselors.  The unit also contains information about the upcoming redesigned SAT and the Khan Academy customized test prep that is available.  Also included is the basic information related to the PSAT and SAT Subject Tests. 

Cost: Free for NCAN members and non-members.

Content provided by: The College Board

Unit 3 - Test Prep Strategies & Resources

College admissions testing can be a powerful tool, or a difficult barrier for students to overcome.  Working in the college access field, it’s easy to see the value in coaching students through the process, but how do we prepare them in a meaningful way?  Through this course, we’ll take a look at mindsets, strategies, and resources to help instructors better prepare their students to take the ACT and SAT.

Cost: Free for NCAN members and $59 for non-members.

Content provided by: College Now Greater Cleveland

UPDATED: August 2016

Module:  Advocacy

Unit 1 – Advocacy for College Access and Success

The Advocacy for College Access and Success unit helps nonprofits understand how they can advocate, and even lobby, for government action that can help increase college access and success for students. The goal of this unit is to learn what nonprofits can legally do, and the best strategies for achieving those goals. Topics covered include the difference between advocacy and lobbying, how to be an effective advocate, and how to prepare for a meeting with an elected official. 

This unit is targeted to those who do advocacy work for their organizations or wish to learn basic guidelines for advocacy.

Cost: Free for NCAN members and $59 for non-members.

Content provided by: NCAN